Lewis Page's cover story in Prospect on the military's most useless and expensive hardware set off a firestorm of controversy, back pedaling, and accusations and saw him invited on the Today Programme. In this puckish and provocative book, he gives us the full story: how British soldiers are sent off to war with some of the worst guns in the trade, how the MOD keeps financing useless toys (at huge expense to taxpayers) and how decisions seem to be made with an eye, above all, on the interests of British Aerospace. He shows how politicians and the top brass are pouring their talents and energies into making sure that money is wasted right, left and centre. Lions, Donkeys and Dinosaurs does for the military what Not on the Label did for supermarkets, or Hotel Babylon for the hostelry business - it takes us behind the scenes and exposes the real ingredients, whipped up in the name of 'defence'. Read this book and you will never look at a Hercules in the same way again.
Lewis Page began his military career as a reservist pilot in the Cambridge University Air Squadron and ended up in the Navy, where he became a mine clearance diver. After eight years at sea, mostly in very bad weather, he was put in charge of the Plymouth diving and bomb disposal team and trawled the British coastline from Swanage to Liverpool neutralizing 'improvised Explosive Devices' and searching for unexploded ordnance. As such, he is one of the few in the British forces to have actually seen and dealt with 'Weapons of Mass Destruction', although irritatingly these were of British manufacture. During a dull period in the navy he qualified as a commando. He resigned from the Service in 2004 and now lives in London.